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A project to take 600 people out of homelessness by offering them a secure home is being launched by a social enterprise. Social Bite said the programme is being largely funded by £3 million of the money raised from December's Sleep in the Park, when 8000 people including Sir Bob…
More than half of mental health practitioners say the proportion of time they are spending on patients' non-health issues such as money problems and housing has increased over the past year. Some 57% of staff reported feeling this way, Citizens Advice found. More than four in five (84%) mental health…
A new national strategy to deal with the housing needs of older people has been called for by MPs. More emphasis should be put on the links between homes and health in a bid to reduce the numbers who need social care, according to a report by the Commons Communities…
The recent rise in homelessness has its roots in welfare reform and the housing market, almost entirely accounted for by an increase in families losing their privately-rented housing, experts have said. The number of people officially recorded as sleeping on the streets of England rose from 1,768 in 2010 to…
Sitting near Leicester Square in central London trying to scrape together £9 from passers-by in order to get a hostel room, Steve is just one of thousands sleeping rough on England's streets. The 39-year-old from South Shields said he became homeless four years ago when his son died, adding: "I…
A third Conservative councillor from the local authority caught up in a row over rough sleepers and the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has quit the party group in protest. Windsor and Maidenhead Council leader Simon Dudley prompted outrage when he suggested beggars should be cleared from…
More people are sleeping rough on the streets of England than at any point this decade, new figures suggest. Local authorities estimated there were around 4,751 rough sleepers on a single night in autumn 2017, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It…
Almost 100 families whose homes were destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire remain stuck in hotels seven months on from the disaster, new figures show. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) was accused of "yawning failures" after its leader said only 12 surviving households had found permanent homes…
A council has been criticised for erecting posters that make passers-by "suspicious of homeless people". The poster, by Gloucester City Council, states: "Are you really helping homeless people? "In some cases, the people you see sleeping rough are not homeless. They are in accommodation, receiving support and benefits. "Think before…
Loreburn Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by Dumfries and Galloway Council to redevelop the site of the former Garrick Hospital in Stranraer by building dementia-friendly housing alongside an innovative “youth foyer”. The proposals will see the creation of eight one-bed and four two-bed “extra care” dementia-friendly homes. New…
The Prime Minister has said she disagrees with a Tory council leader who called on police to clear rough sleepers from Windsor before the royal wedding. Simon Dudley said beggars could present the town in a "sadly unfavourable light" when Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle in May. He…
Hundreds of millions of pounds from dormant accounts are to be used to help the homeless and boost good causes. The £330 million windfall is to come from bank and building society accounts that have remained untouched for at least 15 years and where the holder cannot be traced by…
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